Expedition and Mountain

Our Expedition and Mountain Survival Courses in Scotland are designed to give attendees an insight into the planning and preparation stages, along with the safe and successful execution of an expedition both at home and abroad. From weather forecasting, navigation and safe route choice, equipment and clothing to specialist equipment and communications use.

You can book your Expedition Course now with our online booking system, please check course dates for availability. Once you have booked your course you will receive an email confirming the course and payment details. Remember to download the available resources for your course and bring them with you when you start.

We have a range of courses to suit everyone, for more information on our Expedition and Mountain Survival Courses in Scotland please do contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in the 2018 season.

To make sure you choose the right course we have introduced a difficulty rating based on the physical and mental challenges on our courses. This is explained below.

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a small amount of physical hardship with a small amount of walking.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a reasonable amount of walking and some forms of physical output.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 16+. There is a significant amount of physical output, perhaps over a number of days. Time may be spent overnight in poor weather with minimum equipment. A certain amount of mental robustness is needed to complete.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is significant physical output sometimes over multi-day, and often in Hostile habitats i.e high mountains etc. Equipment/food may be stripped back (if woodland based) or large rucksacks carried (if mountain based). Temperatures may be sub-zero or excessively high. A good level of mental robustness is needed. Special attention should be given to the kit lists available.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is sustained physical output over multi-days, potentially carrying up to 40lbs, often in high/mountain terrain. Long “hill days” may be necessary, for this reason a good level of fitness is needed. Weather and temperatures are likely to be sub-zero or excessively high. Special attention should be given to kit lists available.”

 

 

Navigation- Right Way in a Day £80.00

The Overview for the Navigation- Right Way in a Day includes the following:


 

Navigation needn’t be over complicated. We’ll teach you “the right way in a day”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Our navigational days are aimed at those who want to learn to navigate confidently and effectively on the mountains. The majority of wilderness emergency’s in Britain and Europe are due to poor navigation and bad route choice, this course aims to address these points. This 1 day course is suitable for all whether your completely inexperienced or an aspiring Mountain Leader. Being based in Aviemore, Backcountry has quick access to the Cairngorms which contains some of the highest mountains in Britain, and we will get you to the top of one of them, there’s no better place to hone your map and compass work.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Navigation- Right Way in a Day includes the following:


• Equipment/clothing talk and rucksack packing demo
• Weather check and interpretation and route planning.
• Navigational equipment coaching, map and compass, GPS
• Timing and pacing
• Bearings
• Security on steep ground

Date Time Spaces Price Book
28 June 2020 09:30 - 17:30 12 £100 Book Now

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Lairig Ghru Trek £280

The Overview for the Lairig Ghru Trek includes the following:


Where

By far the most famous mountain pass in Scotland.  The mighty Lairig Ghru is one of the classic treks in the whole of Britain. due to its highest point 835 meters and it’s length 30 miles through wilderness terrain, it is considered to be no small undertaking. The journey itself starts near Aviemore on the northern side of the National Park and cuts through some of the highest mountains in Britain (Ben MacDhui, Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Angels peak) to finish in the rolling foot hills of Braemar in Royal Deeside.

About

The Trek is done over 3 Days to make the most of your time with us and allow you to soak up as much of the scenery as possible. There is ample opportunities to tick off a few of the Munro’s along the way for those who decide to, or get some wild swimming done, in some pretty amazing pools.

Who

This course is designed to be an enjoyable and educational trip, with wild camping in ancient pine forests and rugged mountain scenery.  The trip will focus on correct Equipment, Planning, Navigation and Bushcraft skills such as fire-lighting. Ideal for families, groups and individuals that may be worried about their hill fitness, as well as individuals interested in learning basic exped skills and map and compass work.

 

Please note: We will be providing Fjallraven tents along with stoves and fuel for this trip.

Difficulty Rating:

The Itinerary for the Lairig Ghru Trek includes the following:


Day 1

10k

Meet and Greet

Route Planning

Bag packing demos

Navigation training.

Wild camp in Rothiemurcus Pine forest

Evening activities – Bushcraft

Day 2

15k

Enter the Lairig Ghru proper, reaching a height of 835 meters.

Navigation training

Set up camp within the pass.

Evening Activities – Munro/wild swimming

Day 3

15k

Navigation, timings, pacing and bearings

Munro

Finish at Royal Deeside

 

 

Date Time Spaces Price Book
20 September 2019 09:00 - 17:00 6 £280 Book Now
25 September 2020 09:30 - 17:00 12 £280 Book Now

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Island Survival £310

The Overview for the Island Survival includes the following:


Fishing the deepest stretch of the Loch for Brown Trout

Left on an island in the middle of a Highlands Loch, would you survive? This course takes place on a private Island on the West Coast of Scotland and It’s got it all, from miles of open water to paddle, mountains and seclusion.  Once you’ve made your way to the island you will be expected to Protect yourself from the elements, set up a Location Action Plan, find and treat water to drink and catch your own food! A truly memorable experience.

This course is open to individuals over the age of 16.  For group booking discounts please get in contact.

The Itinerary for the Island Survival includes the following:


DAY 1

Meet and Greet

Equipment checks

Canadian Canoe Set-up

Paddle Coaching

Improvised Shelter as well as Tarp set-ups

Fire Lighting techniques

DAY 2 

Acquisition – Water safety.

Acquisition – Food. Hobo lines and other fishing techniques from bank and boat.

Day 3 

Group exercise

Improvised Coracle/Bush-boat/Conveyance

Date Time Spaces Price Book
11 October 2019 09:30 - 16:00 12 £310 Book Now
17 April 2020 09:30 - 16:00 12 £310 Book Now
17 April 2020 09:30 - 17:00 8 £310 Book Now

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Three Day Mountain Exped Skills – Cairngorm 4000’s £360.00

The Overview for the Three Day Mountain Exped Skills – Cairngorm 4000’s includes the following:


The first of two wild camp @ 1100 meters in Coire Domhain. One of Britain’s true wilderness spots

Introduction

This course is designed to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge to be able to carry out their own multi-day trips in mountainous regions. The secondary aim is to climb 4 of the 9 4000 foot mountains, and ascend 5 of the 6 highest mountains in Britain.

This course is ideal for anyone who is just getting into hill walking/mountaineering, or the experienced hill walker that wants to expand their knowledge of wild camping and safety aspects.

 

Where

The course is run in the Cairngorms National Park, in the highlands of Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Europe and is home to 5 of the 6 highest mountains in Britain. The Cairngorms is the highest, coldest and snowiest plateau in the British Isles, closely mimicking an Arctic tundra.

 

Skills Covered

Weather forecasting and interpretation

Mountain Weather information Service, Met Office and Synoptic chart interpretation

Equipment and kit needed for multi-day trips in the mountains
Packing for an expedition, rucksack packing demo, gas/fuel stove demonstrations, survival equipment and clothing/sleeping systems

Safe Route choice and planning

Naismith’s rule, timings and contour appreciation.

Navigational skills, map and compass as well as GPS

Orientating map to the ground, taking bearings, timing and pacing, contour appreciation. Introduction to GPS, and when it’s appropriate to use.

Tent choice and wild camping

Tunnel vs Dome vs Geodesic tents, when to us and why. Picking a wild camping pitch in an upland environment. pitching and tips.

Expedition food and nutrition/water safety

Sedimentation, filtration and purification of water in an upland environment. Man-made filter on the market.

Fitness

Due to the number of mountains climbed (7), over all distance, weight carried and height gain, individuals must have a good level of fitness. If you have any questions regarding fitness levels please contact us before booking on this course.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Three Day Mountain Exped Skills – Cairngorm 4000’s includes the following:


Itinerary

Itinerary will vary according to weather conditions and group ability. The following is a rough outline.

Day 1

• Meet and greet, as per joining instructions
• Weather forecasting, different resources to be used. Introduction to Synoptic charts.
• Kit check and equipment talk
• How to pack a bag for an expedition in the Mountains
• Depart from Cairngorm Mountain Car Park and Ascend Cairngorm (1245m)
• Wild camp on the Plateau above 1000 meters

Day 2

• Ascend Ben Macdhui (1309 metres and Britains second highest peak)
• Ascend Carn a Mhaim
• Wild camp in the Lairig Ghru

Day 3

• Ascend Devils peak, Cairn Toul, Angels Peak and Braeriach.
• End Ex

 

Date Time Spaces Price Book
23 August 2019 09:00 - 17:00 5 £310 Book Now
25 September 2020 09:30 - 17:00 12 £360 Book Now

Please download these resources for your information